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Time for a short winter month! 8 Great Things in February

The temperatures are hovering in the teens and we are ready to say goodbye to January. You want us to distract you from the thermometer? Here’s a list of 8 Great Things to while away the hours in February — walks, wine, chocolate, community building, music and more —  as we wait for glimpses of spring.

1. Superb-Owl Walk

Hey guys, we love this cleverly named walk! Our sincerest congratulations to the Sippican Land Trust for truly outdoing themselves. If the actual walk lives up to its name, it’ll be a great way to work off some pre-game jitters (Go Pats!). The walk will head along the railroad beds in search of early evening owls. The hope is to hear some calls, although organizers warn that owls are very busy this time of year with their nesting (as we all are, really. Super Bowl viewing parties don’t plan themselves!). The walk promises to end by 5:30, leaving you plenty of time to get home before kick-off.  February 3rd, 4:00 p.m, departing from the Marion Institute parking lot, 202 Spring Street, Marion. More here. 

2. Super Bowl Sunday Violin Recital

We can’t come up with a punny name for this one that matches the Sippican Land Trust’s efforts. Still, we give it a big thumbs up! Jesse Holstein of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and pianist Jeff Louis are presenting works including Mozart’s two-movement sonata in G-major, Beethoven’s “Kreutzer Sonata,” and Maurice Ravel’s “Tzigane” (and these are just some highlights!) on the violin and keyboard. As Tom Brady probably said: “No tailgate is complete without some Beethoven.” February 3rd, 2-4 pm, Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, New Bedford. Tickets $25 non-members, $20 members. More here. 

3. Chocolate. Festival.

Chocolate Festival. Two simple words that make us giddy. Picture this: getting all your Valentine’s Day needs taken care of while surrounded by free chocolate samples, wine tasting, and live music. It’s like a party, but with more wine and more chocolate. Convinced? We are too. February 9th, 11am-2pm, Portugalia Marketplace, 489 Bedford Street, Fall River.

Frederick Douglass Read-A-Thon4. 19th annual Frederick Douglass Read-A-Thon

There are few events that have the distinct honor of being featured year after year in our 8 Great Things blogs. We’ll be honest, a good read-a-thon always gets us. Missed last month’s Moby Dick Marathon fun at the Whaling Museum? Ready to go for round two? Head on over to join the New Bedford Historical Society in reading the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. The Read-a-thon is in its 19th year, and this is the end of the Douglass bicentennial. If you haven’t yet been, now is the perfect time to go! February 10th, 2-6 pm, First Unitarian Church, New Bedford. More here. 

5. (non) Polar Plunge!

Now this is our kinda polar plunge! The Gleason YMCA is opening up its indoor pool to kick off your February vacation week fun, giving participants a polar plunge with all of the glory and none of the frigid outdoor  temps! Jump on in for an evening of swimming with the Y’s great water slide and tide pool open, all while enjoying a winter light show and music! Free for members, $5 for non-members. February 15th, 6:30-8 pm, Gleason Family YMCA, 33 Charge Pond Road, Wareham.

8 Great Things6. Roses and Thorns

The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra is back at it again! After last month’s stunning Fema Plays Beethoven performance, the Orchestra is joining up with guest cello musician Christine J. Lee to bring you another fantastic night, with a theme in keeping with the spirit of Valentine’s week! Insider tip: ticket holders also can attend a pre-concert talk in the Penler Space to hear conductor Yaniv Dinur discuss the program and find out why this concert is titled Roses and Thorns. Tickets $30-$65. February 16th, 7:30pm (pre-concert talk at 6:30), The Zeiterion, 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford. More here. 

7.   Hootenanny (say, what?)

Weatherlow Farm is hosting a hosting a hootenanny — don’t know what that is? We didn’t either and had to turn to Wikipedia. It’s an old country word for party, folks! This party is particularly special as it is a fundraiser for the beloved Cluck & Trowel Farm in Westport, which had a devastating fire on January 12.  Food, music and fun will be accompanied by a healthy serving of generous community building — quite literally — as neighbors help to raise the funds to bring Cluck & Trowel back. Keep an eye out for more details by checking Cluck & Trowel’s Facebook event page where you can also find other ways to help out (juice it up, yoga, etc.)

8. Westport Dawning Photo Exhibit

Westport Library, the Westport Fishermen’s Association and the Buzzards Bay Coalition have partnered together to bring us Westport Dawning, showcasing Greg Stone’s beautiful photographs of Westport’s rivers and the Westport – Buzzards Bay – Atlantic Ocean connection. Stone’s collection of photographs, including some new drone shots, features the natural beauty of Westport and underscores the importance of preserving this beauty. February 2 – 28, Westport Free Public Library, 408 County Road, Westport. Free. More here. 

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Racing Herreshoff Twelves

Staying on the seat was an athletic endeavor in and of itself, never mind hoisting and dousing the spinnaker — or worse — gybing the mainsail. We were drenched and freezing cold for two whole days, with the boat taking endless waves over the bow. Sitting forward as the crew does, it’s as though someone is hurling buckets of water into your face, and in no time, sunglasses are rendered useless, sunscreen is washed away, and your hands look as though they’ve been in a bath for days….

Click here to see Deborah’s adventure story as it appeared in our inaugural May 2016 issue, accompanied by the striking photography of Hew Russell.

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Resolution: Do More Things!

Drink more water. Exercise. Sneak kale into whatever you can. We’ve got a fun resolution to add to the list: get out and do things in the community! There’s plenty of wonderful things on the South Coast to get you going, even in winter. We’ll keep bringing you our 8 Great Things each month to give you ideas. That’s our resolution!

  1. Ahoy There, Mates!

It’s that time of year again — get ready for the Moby Dick Reading Marathon. We’ve been attending the marathon for the past four years, and it’s become a favorite tradition for us. Hardy souls drop in for a few minutes or for the whole 27 hour marathon at the Whaling Museum (with one chapter read at the Seamen’s Bethel). The event is free and open to the public and even features two mini-marathons, perfect for kids. Grab a coffee and a copy of the classic, and gear up for a night (and morning!) to remember. January 4-6, New Bedford Whaling Museum. See more here.

2. Get Outside!

Things to doWith no snow on the forecast, it doesn’t seem like the weather is cooperating for the Appalachian Mountain Club’s first snowshoe hike of the new year (but we can’t complain about too little snow!) Join the Club for a 4 mile hike (or 2 mile snowshoe, should the forecast change) and experience the beauty of winter in the Sanctuary. The event is free and does not require advanced registration. January 6th, 12:30-3pm, Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Wareham. For information on where to meet the group, see here.

3. Spend the Evening with Ludwig!

Notice how we always seem to include the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra in our 8 Great Things? It’s because they’re just that wonderful! This January, they’ve invited acclaimed pianist Yefim Bronfman to join the stage as they take on Beethoven’s classics. The Orchestra plans to contrast Beethoven’s pieces with works by Bartok and Boulanger and we can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with this time! January 11th, 7:30pm, The Zeiterion, New Bedford. See more here.

4. Mind Your Step

Is mindfulness on your list of resolutions? Join the Buzzards Bay Coalition for a morning of meditation to jumpstart the year with renewed focus! Jessica Webb, owner of Anchor Yoga, will lead a morning meditation walk through Slocum’s River Reserve. The walk will be deliberately slow to encourage mindfulness and accommodates all fitness levels. It’s free, although participants should register on the website. January 19th, 11am-noon. Slocum’s River Reserve, Dartmouth. See more here.

5. Middle of the Night Lunar Bonding

Who knew that a total lunar eclipse was coming this January!? If you (like us) were out of the lunar-loop, never fear! The Buzzards Bay Coalition has taken care of us! They’ve picked the Mattapoisett River Reserve, 500 secluded acres far away from bright city lights, as the perfect place to view the eclipse, and invited us all to join them! Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets (and maybe pillows, too!) for optimal viewing. The eclipse will reach its peak at 12:12 am on the 21st, but you can stop by anytime between 11:30pm-12:30am for views, company, and hot chocolate! January 20-21. The event is free, participants can register on the site right here.

6. Celebrate MLK Day

Bristol Community College is opening its doors to all to celebrate MLK Day this January, as it has done for 19 years. The event is free and features a breakfast buffet, music, the announcement of the MLK Essay Contest and Visual Arts Challenge winners, and a keynote address. The Visual Arts Challenge is still accepting submissions and is open to all high school students with some great prizes (including the first place award of $150 and a free BCC course). See their site for details on how to submit! January 21st, 8:30 a.m., Bristol Community College, Fall River campus. More here.

7. Love to Hear Percussion!

Drumline Live is coming to the Z! The musical showcase promises sensational rhythms and beats, based on the Historically Black College and University marching band tradition. The performance is full of original compositions and soulful renditions of pop hits. The drum riffs and choreographed routines will be exciting for audience members of all ages, making it the perfect event for the family. Tickets range from $29-49. January 26th, 8pm, The Zeiterion, New Bedford. More here.

8. Yuk It Up (for a good cause!)

Here’s no better way to get out of the mid-winter blues than with a night full of laughs! The Portuguese Kids, a Fall River based comedy group highlighting the funny side of growing up with immigrant parents, will be performing their new show to benefit Freetown-Lakeville United Soccer Club. Your $50 ticket includes the show, a silent auction, dinner, and dancing. January 26th, 6:30-11:30pm, White’s of Westport. More (including ticket sales) here.

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